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Drunken Clams with Italian Sausage and Polenta

Drunken Clams with Italian Sausage and Polenta is an easy and delicious anytime dish made with sauteéd spinach, burst cherry tomatoes, littleneck clams, and sweet Italian sausage served over creamy polenta. Ready in just 30 minutes, these Drunken Clams with Italian sausage are loved by my whole family- especially my 4-year-old who discovered that clams are his new favorite!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 765kcal


  • 1.5 cups polenta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 shallots chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage cut and torn into small chunks
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 pounds littleneck clams scrubbed
  • salted butter optional


  • Cook the polenta according to package instructions. When finished cooking, remove from heat but keep the lid on the pot to keep warm. Set aside until ready to serve.
  • Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots to the skillet and sauteé for approximately 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the garlic with the shallots and cook for one minute more. Add the spinach to the skillet and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Continue to cook until spinach is cooked and tender.
  • Transfer the shallot and spinach mixture to a plate. Cover to keep warm.
  • Using the same skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently and using a wooden spoon to break apart the sausage into smaller pieces.  
  • Once the sausage is nearly cooked, add the tomatoes and the wine. Bring to a boil. Add the clams to the skillet and cover. Cook the clams over medium-high heat for approximately 5-7 minutes, or until clams have opened (discard any clams that have not opened).
  • Return the shallots and spinach to the skillet and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • To serve, divide the polenta among bowls and top each with 2 teaspoons salted butter. Divide the clams, sausage and cooking liquid among the bowls and top with fresh parsley, if desired. Enjoy!


Calories: 765kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1081mg | Potassium: 899mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4565IU | Vitamin C: 33.2mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 4.6mg
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